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Hon. James Marape

Prime Minister of Papua New Guinea

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Dr. Armida Salsiah Alisjahbana

Under-Secretary General of UN & Executive Secretary of ESCAP

Armida Salsiah Alisjahbana is the Executive Secretary of the UN ESCAP. Prior to the position, Alisjahbana was a Professor of Economics at Universitas Padjadjaran as well as serving as the Director for the Center for Sustainable Development Goals Studies and as the Vice-Chair of the Indonesian Academy of Sciences.


In 2016, she was a member of the High-Level Independent Team of Advisers to support the Economic and Social Council dialogue on the longer-term positioning of the United Nations development system in the context of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.


From 2009 to 2014, she was the Minister of National Development Planning and the Head of the National Development Planning Agency, Indonesia. She also served as the Co-Chair of the Global Partnership for Effective Development Cooperation and was the Alternate Governor of the World Bank and Alternate Governor of the Asian Development Bank representing the Government of Indonesia.

Shasha Ridzam

Group Head, International Policies & Institutions, Air Asia

Shasha joined AirAsia in August 2018 as the Group Head of International Policies and Institutions.


She is is responsible for the design and strategic implementation of AirAsia Group’s interests in the areas of aviation, trade, tourism and digital technology in ASEAN and beyond. Her role includes active engagements with governments, international organisations, regional stakeholders and academia in these areas.


Prior to AirAsia, Shasha spent 13 years as an economist in Bank Negara Malaysia (the Central Bank of Malaysia) with a focus on economic development, international economics and financial stability.  As a Deputy Director, she led a team of economists that ​provided robust and timely assessments, forecasts and policy advice for monetary policy, financial policy as well as structural issues to the Malaysian Government. ​Her career in the central bank also included a stint as a core member of the team that formulated Malaysia’s 2010 -2020 Financial Sector Blueprint.


In 2010, she represented Malaysia at the Executive Board of the International Monetary Fund. As an Advisor to the Executive Director for the Southeast Asia Group, s​he provided strategic and policy support in advancing and safeguarding the interest of the South East Asian region.


Shasha is an Edward S. Mason Fellow and graduated with a Master in Public Administration from Harvard University and BSc (Honours) Economics from the University of Nottingham in the UK.

Hon. Powes Parkop LLB, LLM, MP

Governor of the National Capital District, Port Moresby

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Dr George Lam

President, ESCAP Sustainable Business Network

Dr. Lam has over 30 years of international experience in general management, strategy consulting, corporate governance, direct investment, investment banking and fund management across the telecommunications/media/technology (“TMT”), consumer/healthcare, infrastructure/real estates, energy/resources and financial services sectors.


He is Non-Executive Chairman – Hong Kong and ASEAN Region and Chief Adviser to Macquarie Infrastructure and Real Assets Asia, and Chairman of Hong Kong Cyberport Management Company Limited. He also serves on the board and advisory committee of a number of publicly-listed companies and investment funds in the Asia Pacific region. Active in community service and international affairs, Dr. Lam is President of the Executive Council of United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific Sustainable Business Network, President of Hong Kong-ASEAN Economic Cooperation Foundation, Chairman of Monte Jade Science and Technology Association of Hong Kong, and a board member of Pacific Basin Economic Council and the Chinese General Chamber of Commerce of Hong Kong.


He is a Solicitor of the High Court of Hong Kong, a Fellow of the Hong Kong Institute of Arbitrators, the Hong Kong Institute of Directors and CMA Australia, and an Honorary Fellow of CPA Australia and the University of Hong Kong School of Professional and Continuing Education (HKU SPACE).


Gianluca Rampolla

UN Resident Co-ordinator, Papua New Guinea

Before being appointed as UN Resident Coordinator in the Independent State of Papua New Guinea, Gianluca Rampolla del Tindaro served as Director for Political Affairs at the UN Regional Office for Central Africa in Libreville, Gabon (UNOCA). Prior to his UNOCA post, Mr. Rampolla was the Chief of Office of the Assistant Secretary-General for Peace Building Support (2015-2016).


Gianluca was Special Assistant to the Assistant Secretary-General for Political Affairs (DPA), in NY, from 2011 to 2014. From 2007 to 2011, Gianluca Rampolla was Head of the Office of the UN Resident Coordinator in Tanzania, and responsible for piloting the Delivering as One reform process.


From 2005 to 2007, Gianluca Rampolla was UNDP Chief Technical Advisor in charge of the prgramme to support the strengthening of the capacities for the managment of foreign aid of the Government of Rwanda. Prior to the UN, he worked from 2000 to 2005 at the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe. He held assignements on the Western Balkans and on Central Asia.


Gianluca Rampolla was born in Rome, Italy, and holds a masters degree in International Affairs from the London School of Economics. He is married and has one child.

David Morris

Chair, Asia Pacific Business Forum 2019

David Morris is an international consultant with senior advisory roles in the Asia Pacific and Europe including:


  • Chair, United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) Asia Pacific Business Forum 2019
  • Vice President, Sustainable Business Network, United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP)
  • Senior Expert – China, East Asia, Australia and the Pacific, LM Political Risk & Strategic Advisory
  • Academic Adviser, Research Center for Pacific Island Countries, Liaocheng University
  • Member, Advisory Board, Institute for Cultural Relations Policy


Over a thirty-year career in diplomacy, politics, academia and international business, David Morris has expertise in


  • geopolitics and international relations
  • governance and leadership dialogue
  • economic development, trade, investment and international marketing


David Morris has represented governments, businesses and non-government organisations in Australia and the Pacific; East Asia including China; and Europe, including Hungary and Ireland.  He recently served for four years as Pacific Trade and Investment Commissioner in China.


His current corporate clients include globalizing businesses in Australia, Austria, China, Hungary and Thailand.


David Morris graduated from the University of Sydney with BA (Honours) and Henley Business School, University of Reading with an MBA.  He is currently completing a PhD with Corvinus University of Budapest and undertaking research in partnership with the Centre for Oceania Studies at Sun Yat Sen University.

Yanning Wang

Assistant Corporate Secretary

Mr. Yanning Wang is Assistant Corporate Secretary for the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank with responsibility to support the Bank’s Corporate Secretary on the operations of the Secretariat, ensuring that the Bank’s Board of Governors and Board of Governors receive the support and advice necessary for them to discharge their duties.


Prior to Joining the AIIB, Mr. Yanning Wang worked in World Bank as Operations Advisor for the East Asia and Pacific Region, focusing on quality assurance as well as risk and results assessment. He also worked in the Chinese Ministry of Finance as Director for IFI Operations overseeing the World Bank Group operations in China; Director for International Economic Cooperation overseeing China’s international engagements in multilateral economic cooperation frameworks including the G20, APEC, ASEAN, and ASEM. He acted as Chair for the Technical Working Groups of Chiangmai Initiative (CMI) and Asian Bond Market Initiative (ABMI) under the ASEAN+3 framework. Mr. Wang also served as Advisor for the Chinese Executive Director to the Asian Development Bank.


Mr. Wang holds a MA degree from McGill University in economics, and a BA degree from Nanjing University in English literature.

Shaun Gilchrist

Chairman and CEO of Azure Pure Water, Vanuatu’s first and largest bottled water manufacturer.

Climate change affecting Jobs and national security implications in the Pacific


Shaun is the President of the Vanuatu Chamber of Commerce and Industry (VCCI) and is actively involved in ongoing dialogue with the Vanuatu Government on the revision and suitability of Government Bills prior to presentation to Parliament.


Shaun has represented the VCCI and Private sectors at a number of regional forums, including the CAPP2 in Fiji in 2018, Pacific Islands Leaders Forum in Nauru in September 2018, CAPP3 in Fiji in 2019 and recently represented Vanuatu’s Private Sector in the Trade Negations with New Caledonia in 2019. He is also a director of a number of national private and public boards in Vanuatu and is a private sector representative to TLAC, the Tripartite Labor Advisory Council.


Shaun is Chairman and CEO of Azure Pure Water, Vanuatu’s first and largest bottled water manufacturer.


An Australian Citizen by birth and resident of Vanuatu since 2009, Shaun held a number of roles both domestically and internationally during that time. Initially employed as Regional General Manager of a large regional IT Company based out of Port Moresby, he was responsible for the operations of Vanuatu, Solomon Islands and Fiji businesses. Following this, he has consulted to both Telecommunications Companies in Vanuatu (Telecom Vanuatu and Digicel) on operational and strategic operations.

Zhonghang Li

CEO, Tang West Market Group | Vice Chairman & Secretary General, Silk Road Chamber of International Commerce

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  • Member of Xi’an 14th and 15th People’s Congress
  • Vice president of the International Chamber of Commerce of Shaanxi Province
  • Vice president of Shaanxi Province Tourist Attractions Association
  • Vice president of Shaanxi Provincial Federation of Real Estate Chamber of


Mr. Li served in the Xi’an Institute of Politics, a military academy, as a researcher, a colonel, and an instructor of economics for graduate students before he became involved in the formation of Tang West Market Group. He participated in the planning and implementation of the large Tang West Market Complex, Tang West Market Museum, Silk Road Expo Park, Silk Road Cultural Street, and a number of influential projects in and out of Xi’an city.


Mr. Li has made tremendous contribution to the development of the cultural tradition in Xi’an City and Shaanxi Province. He has planned and organized a series of cultural promotional events including “Silk Road Tourism Cultural Heritage Exhibition” and “Tang West Market Spring Temple Fair” (a Chinese local gathering for the worship of the Chinese gods and immortals) for millions of local and overseas visitors since 2010. Mr. Li proposed and organized the Concert of One Silk Road & Two Cities”, connecting China with Italy, Spain and other Silk Road countries for a better cultural understanding.


Mr. Li has been honored “Shaanxi Top 10 Outstanding Economic Figure”, “Provincial Top 10 Outstanding Real Estate Leader”, “Shaanxi Top 10 Real Estate Figure of the Year”, “ Shaanxi Person of the Year”, and “Xi’an City MICE Industry Leader” over the years.

Mark Matthews

Chief of Operations at Business for Development

In Fiji, as Managing Director of one of the country’s largest fresh produce importers and distributors, he established an inclusive business that expanded agricultural production and opened new export opportunities. He also worked with Government in developing the national strategy for fresh produce import substitution and food security.


Mark was a Board Member and subsequently elected as President of the Fiji Commerce and Employers Federation, the national employer organisation in Fiji, where he also served as Vice President of the Pacific Islands Private Sector Organisation, the Pacific’s peak regional private sector organisation.


In Australia, he has led regional economic development and advocacy in Tropical North Queensland, bringing together government, private enterprise, and civil society from across a vast area of Northern Australia to focus on key policy and infrastructure requirements for future growth and prosperity. A key element of this work was strengthening the business relationship between Cairns and PNG.


Currently, Mark is the Chief of Operations at Business for Development, an international NGO that works with smallholder farmers and impact investors designing agribusinesses at scale that are linked to the market.


General Manager/Director

Amit Singh has been working in Renewable Energy sector for last 12 years. In 2018, Amit received Excellence in Business Leadership award (Fiji) and ADB’s 2018 New Energy Leader program award (Asia-Pacific). CBS Power Solutions (Fiji) Ltd is an EPC contractor and provides its services in Pacific Island Countries. The 5-year plan – extend business as Renewable Energy project developer and operator. CBS won the Best Large Business Operating Internationally Award in 2017. Goal is to provide clean affordable energy solutions.

Carson Wen

Founder and Chairman, Bank of Asia (BVI) and BOA Financial Group, Hong Kong, China

Carson Wen is the Founder and Chairman of Bank of Asia (BVI) Limited and BOA Financial Group Limited. He is also the Chairman of the SancusGroup of companies, which has investments in policy driven sectors such as new energy, logistics, finance and technology. He has practiced law for over 30 years at his own Hong Kong partnership and subsequently at leading global law firms. Mr. Wen has been named as a leading adviser on Chinese law, mergers & acquisitions and capital markets work in Who’s Who of the Law, Asia Pacific Legal 500, AsiaLawLeading Lawyers, Chambers Asia and China’s Top 200. He is also named in the International Who’s Who and Who’s Who of the World.


Mr. Wen was a three-term Deputy to the National People’s Congress of China, which is the PRC’s national legislature and constitutionally the highest organ of state power, representing Hong Kong. He is also a Justice of the Peace of Hong Kong and held various public service appointments in Mainland China and Hong Kong. He was the Vice-Chairman and currently Party Affairs Advisor of the Democratic Alliance for the Betterment and Progress of Hong Kong (“DAB”), the largest political party in Hong Kong. He is also Guest Professor of the Law School of ZhongshanUniversity (also known as Sun Yat-SenUniversity), which is the leading university in Southern China.


Mr. Wen is a member of the Sustainable Business Network of the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UNESCAP) and Chairman of its Task Force on Green Business. He is also a Director of the Pacific Basin Economic Council. He is also, inter alia, a Founding Director of the China M&A Association.

Stella Tunim

Chair of Nimani Farmers Co-operative Society Limited

Stella Tunim is an aspiring business leader from Bougainville. She has been involved in supporting local business development over the last five years. She is now moving her focus to developing small agriculture business projects in rural areas by mobilising farmer groups with their specific commodities to promote quality produce, increase quantity, find and access to markets and upgrade skills and knowledge with targeted trainings and exposure to farming technology.


She is passionate about motivating and encouraging women farmers in particular, to move from a subsistence perspective to developing an economic drive, in the agriculture activities they are already engaged in.


She is the Chairperson of Nimani Farmers’ Co-operative Society Limited – investing in Agriculture-cocoa development. Stella studied in Queensland University of Technology for a Bachelor in Business – Banking and Finance/Economics.

Andrew Olivier

Andrew Olivier is a board trustee of the Global Ecovillage Network (GEN), an international charity based in Scotland. It does its work through five regional networks: Oceania & Asia (GENOA), North America (GENNA), Latin America (CASA), Europe (GEN Europe), and Africa (GEN Africa). GEN Fertile Crescent is an emerging region from the Middle East.


GEN has consultative status within UN-ECOSOC (Economic and Social Council) and is a partner of the UNITAR-CIFAL initiative, which provides trainings in sustainable development to local governmental officials around the world. Andrew is also part of the leadership for GEN Australia and a member of the Vision Council for GENOA.


A pioneer of Narara Ecovillage, a $30m community owned project in NSW, Australia, which was underwritten by its own community ‘bank’ and which has won Australian awards for the best community owned renewable power grid.


GEN Oceania and Asia is facilitating programmes for transitioning traditional villages to sustainable practices in Oceania and is developing a GEN ecotourism business in Thailand, SriLanka, Philippines, China, Australia and New Zealand. A new ecovillage transition project is about to commence in Fiji in 2019. During the course of this year his company has introduced the UN SDG multipliers workshop to Australia.


Andrew is managing partner of a specialized business consulting company (est 2001) whose global affiliation have restructured companies ranging across diverse industries. He has authored two business books and is a prehistoric archaeologist by profession.

Ken Shimizu

Country Representative, FAO Papua New Guinea

Mr Ken Shimizu is a national of Japan with over twenty years of experience in international development, having worked for various United Nations agencies, including the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO). He is currently serving as the Country Representative for the FAO office in Papua New Guinea, since 2013.


Mr Shimizu has a post-graduate degree from Cornell University in the United States, and has managed various technical cooperation programs/projects for UN agencies in the areas of food security, agricultural and rural development, environmental management and emergency rehabilitation. Mr Shimizu has worked in almost all countries within the Asian and the Pacific region and he has also worked in the Caribbean.

Markus Dietrich

Markus Dietrich is Director Asia and Policy of the Inclusive Business Action Network (iBAN). He supports companies to scale up their inclusive business (IB) models and policymakers in the development of enabling policy environments.


With a background in the private sector, Markus moved to the Philippines in 2008 and set up ASEI Inc., which developed into a leading IB and renewable energy consulting firm in the region working with ADB, GIZ, World Bank and the private sector. Among others, he authored the ADB IB country studies of the Philippines and Tajikistan and engaged in policy advisory for governments on IB and renewable energy incentive programs.


Markus is also a committed social entrepreneur who co-founded Hilltribe Organics in Thailand, which engages hill tribe communities in organic farming.


He holds a degree in Business Studies from CASS Business School and a master degree in International Community Economic Development from Southern New Hampshire University.


The Inclusive Business Action Network (iBAN) is a global initiative supporting the scaling and replication of inclusive business models. Through its strategic pillars iBAN blue and iBAN weave, iBAN manages an innovative online knowledge platform on inclusive business and offers a focused Capacity Development Programme for selected companies and policymakers in developing and emerging countries. iBAN creates a space where evidence-based knowledge transforms into learning and new partnerships. With its focus on promoting the upscale of inclusive business models and consequently improving the lives of the poor, iBAN is actively contributing to the achievement of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. iBAN is funded by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development and the European Union. It is implemented by the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH.

Zarak Khan

Director Programmes and Initiatives, Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat

Mr Zarak Khan was appointed as Director Programmes and Initiatives at the Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat on 3 June 2019. He was formerly the Fijian Consul General and Trade Commissioner to Australia and New Zealand based in Sydney, Australia from 2016-2019.


During his tenure as Consul General and Trade Commissioner, Mr Khan contributed to attracting over F$120 million in foreign direct investment to Fiji from the Australian and New Zealand markets as well as over F$15 million in Fijian exports to both markets. He brings a wealth of knowledge and experience having previously represented the Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat in a trade policy advisory capacity from 2011–2016. In this role, he provided technical and policy advice to Pacific ACP States in the comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement trade negotiations with the European Commission, as well as in the formulation of Trade Policy Frameworks and Diagnostic Trade Integration Studies in the Cook Islands, Fiji, Niue, Palau, Solomon Islands and Tuvalu.


Prior to this, Mr Khan held senior positions at Investment Fiji, Fiji’s official investment promotion agency, where he also managed Fiji’s largest Special Economic Zone – the Kalabu Tax Free Zone and facilitated the requirements of leading clients such as ANZ and Mindpearl. Mr Khan holds postgraduate qualifications in Management, Public Administration and Economics from the University of the South Pacific in Suva, Fiji. In his role as Director Programmes and Initiatives, Mr Khan seeks to improve the lives of Pacific Islanders through initiatives targeted at deepening regional economic integration and connectivity in the Pacific, building from a platform of sustainable and inclusive growth and development.

Marta Pérez Cusó

Economic Affairs Officer at United Nations ESCAP

Ms. Marta Pérez Cusó is Economic Affairs Officer at United Nations ESCAP. She has over 15 years’ experience with the United Nations in science, technology and innovation (STI) policies and in information and communication technology policies.


Marta supports governments in Asia-Pacific to achieve sustainable development goals through technology and innovation. She advices governments on technology and innovation policies. Marta leads ESCAP’s programme on inclusive technology and innovation policies. As part of this programme she is currently leading ESCAP’s programme on promoting enabling policy environments for inclusive businesses.


Previously, Marta worked for UNCTAD (the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development) where she coordinated several national Science, Technology and Innovation Policy Reviews, including those of Thailand, Peru and El Salvador. Her work was also closely linked to the development of science, technology and innovation capabilities, particularly policy-making capacities, in developing countries. Earlier, she was a major author in UNCTAD’s Information Economy Report.

Edward Vrkic

Head of UNDP’s Environment, Energy and Climate Change

Mr Vrkic is currently serving as the head of the UNDP’s Environment, Energy and Climate Change portfolio in Papua New Guinea. Prior to this, he was the Head of Aid Operations for Australia’s High Commission to Port Moresby where he also served as the Australian Government’s humanitarian response coordinator.


Mr Vrkic has previously served as a senior political adviser to the Australian
Government on Papua New Guinea and Pacific foreign policy, overseas
development assistance and climate change. He has held the position of Chief-ofStaff at the Pacific Islands Forum and a range of other diplomatic, program and policy positions with the Australian Agency for International Development, the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade and the Private Sector.


He has a Masters degree in international relations from the Australian National
University. He has extensive experience delivering a range of programs in
developing countries, particularly in small island developing states.

Dr. HU Tao

Dr. HU Tao is Senior Adviser of WWF China and Adjunct Professor of Beijing Normal University. He also serves as Chairman of Professional Association for China’s Environment (PACE), Vice-President of Union of Chinese Professional Organizations (UCPO).

He has directed WWF-US’s China Program for 5 years and WRI’s China Outbound Investment Group for one and half year. He was the Academic Chair and Senior Fellow of Policy Research Center of Ministry of Environmental Protection (MEP), China. He was a Visiting Professor at Center for Asia and Pacific Studies (CAPS) of University of Oregon, USA. He was the Chief Expert of Trade and Environment Expert Group for WTO Doha Round Negotiation, Ministry of Environmental Protection (MEP) of China. He severed as a member of Lead Expert Group China Council for International Cooperation on Environment and Development (CCICED) during 2001-2007.

Dr Hu’s research covers Environmental Economics, Policy and Governance, Trade, Investment and Environment, Globalization and B&R, Co-control of Air Pollutants and GHGs, 3E (Energy, Environment and Economics) Policy etc.

Gilbert Veisamasama Jr

MBA, BA (Mathematics, Accounting), Chartered Accountant (Fiji)

Gilbert has been working as a consultant since April 2005 and is based in Suva, Fiji. He has consulted widely in Fiji and across the Pacific, in areas including management consulting covering strategic planning, organizational review, capacity assessments, and in a wide range of policy areas including financial sector policy, private sector policy, and MSME policy. Some of his work has involved the agriculture sector across the Pacific, particularly in relation to running businesses in that sector.


He previously worked for in the financial system policy and regulation and financial markets areas of the Reserve Bank of Fiji.


Gilbert has also lectured in the Finance degree program at the University of the South Pacific.


He has a degree with double majors in Mathematics and Accounting and a Master of Business Administration. Gilbert is also a Chartered Accountant (Fiji).

Melanie Llorca Moleño

Director for Inclusive Business at the Board of Investments

Melanie Llorca Moleño is currently the Director for Inclusive Business at the Board of Investments, an attached agency of the Department of Trade and Industry in the Philippines. She has worked with non-profit, public and private sector institutions doing value chain analysis, strategic and business planning, project management and evaluation, systems development and analysis, and preparation of feasibility studies, market researches, impact evaluation, and case studies. She has also been involved in areas of information technology, management, accounting and finance with private organizations, such as Raymond James and Associates, Inc. and Conmed-Linvatec, Inc. in the United States, and Transparency International Philippines.


Her latest engagement prior to her current position was with the Inclusive Business Center of the Philippine Business for Social Progress. She has been supporting startup organizations, and serves as a trustee of Siargao Islands Wildlife Conservation Foundation, Inc. She has bachelor’s degrees in International Business and Technology Management, and has a master’s degree in Business Administration from the University of South Florida. She is also a graduate of the Agribusiness Executives Program of the University of Asia and the Pacific.

Dr. Shirley Yeung

Dr. Shirley Yeung, IEMA approved Sustainability (CSR) Practitioner, Experienced ISO9000 Principal Auditor, AQIP Assessor, US, HKCAAVQ Subject Specialist and QMS lead auditor of HKQAA, Hong Kong.


• In 2019, Dr. Yeung awarded Certified Management Accountant (CMA) Certificate from The Institute of Certified Management Accountants, Australia.

•In 2018, Dr. Yeung awarded “The Outstanding Global Leader with Impacts – Woman Award, 2018”, TonggenTongmeng, Beijing, China.

•In the same year, Dr Yeung was also nominated for Pioneer UNSDGs, UN Global Compact.

•In 2017, Dr Yeung was appointed as Associate Vice President (AVP), UNESCO HK Association and served as Secretary General and Chair, CSR and Sustainable Business and Management Divisions, the World Institute of Sustainable Development Planner (WISDP) under UNESCO HK Association,

•Winner for The 2nd Global Young Leadership Award orgnaised by Yazhou Zhoukan Magazine  (亞洲週刊), invited as “Visiting Chair Professor” by ISTEC, France,

•Awarded SDSC Excellence in Teaching Award, 2015/16, Hang Seng Management College.


Recently, Dr Yeung obtained a Distinguished Senior Executive Management Certificate on Innovations from HKMA, HK/ Cambridge University, UK. With on-going publications (around 100 pieces) and global collaborations on United Nation Sustainable Development Goals (UNSDGs), UNOSSC, and UNPRME, Dr Yeung has been recently invited as a Task Force Member for UNESCAP/ EBAC-ESBN / Banking and Finance, and also act as a member for Collaboration Committee for the civil society consultation for UN Development System review process.

In 2016, Dr Yeung was nominated as UN Local Change Maker and also one of panels of UNPRME Colloquium on Higher Education workshop of 7th PRME Asia Forum in Hong Kong. Dr Yeung was invited by Harvard University, HPAIR to deliver a seminar on “Entrepreneurial Spirit and Sustainable Mindset”. In 2015, Dr. Yeung awarded “Pioneer Professor Certificate” from UN Flourish Prizes, US for guiding a student in writing a story on FujiXerox’s sustainable development achievements; and she was also the convener for the 1st Forum on Sustainable Development in Higher Education co-organized with UNESCO, APEID and the Chair of the 2nd International Conference on Supply Chain for Sustainability, Hong Kong. In 2014, Dr. Yeung was nominated by Nobel Prize Winner for Wenhui () Award for Educational Innovation, UNESCO, APEID.

Nic Coyle

CEO & Executive Director of the China-Australia Chamber of Commerce - AustCham, Beijing

Nick is the CEO and Executive Director of the China-Australia Chamber of Commerce – AustCham China, based in Beijing.


AustCham China is the peak body for Australian business in China and plays a key role in advocating, connecting and informing on issues impacting business in China.


Nick was born in Sydney, Australia but grew up in Papua New Guinea spending time in both Bougainville and Port Moresby.


An Economist by training, Nick has lived and worked in China since 2009, spending time in Chongqing, Wuhan, Shanghai before moving to Beijing where he has been resident for 6 years.


Nick is passionate about helping businesses develop, especially in challenging markets and is also the Deputy Chair of the APEC China SME Business Forum and the Chair of the Myanmar-China Belt and Road Initiative Association.

Brenda Yan

Partner at Sterling Global Capital and Director at Pioneer Wealth Management

Having over 12 years of experience in banking, structured finance and property funds management, Brenda combines a well-diversified career in the Australian banking and financial services sector with on the ground experience with China outbound investment. She possesses extensive experience in both debt and equity capital markets in Australia as well as financial planning and private wealth.


Brenda has a specialisation in property funds management and structured property finance, including residential and commercial development, joint ventures and investment finance. She also has solid experience in tailor made investment advice and wealth creation strategies for high net worth investors as well as operational and portfolio management across private banking clients.


As SGC Rural Areas Funding Program’s founder and director, Brenda has built an extensive network of contacts in the green finance industry, including both advisors and advocates. Brenda believes the program will invest in local communities creating opportunities of economic growth and raising the profile of environmentally sustainable finance. Brenda’s experience in corporate social responsibility covers working with borrowers and in particular, property developers, who require finance for the purchase of rural land, properties and construction of smart communities.


Brenda holds a Master of Applied Commerce from Melbourne University and a Master of Wealth Management from Deakin University.


Notable credentials include:


  • Arrangement of Debt and Syndication with over 10 Australian and international banks / financial institutions in excess of $250 million
  • Arrangement of fixed income investments for family offices in excess of $100 million
  • Setup and management of SGC Mortgage and Credit Fund
  • Various Debt and Equity structuring for Property and Property Funds transactions

Cheng Lei

Anchor on Global Business - China Global Television Network

Cheng Lei is the anchor for the “Global Business” show on China Global Television Network (rebranded from CCTV-News), available to over 100 million households around the world and with a 51-million strong following on social media.


Prior to re-joining CCTV in 2013, Lei was the China Correspondent for CNBC for nine years, based in Shanghai and Singapore.


Over her 18 year career in journalism, Lei has interviewed an impressive array of political and business leaders, including Bill Gates, Jack Ma, heads of state like the Finnish president and Malaysian prime minister, CEOs of China’s biggest companies like ICBC, China Construction Bank, China Energy, China General Nuclear, ChemChina, China Resources, China National Building Materials, Norinco, China Gold, as well as over 100 CEOs of Fortune 500 companies. She has hosted and moderated events such as the APEC China CEO forum, the Belt and Road forum in Australia, the CFO forum in Singapore, the Eurasian Media Forum in Kazakhstan, the Global Innovation Conference.


Lei’s career in journalism began in Beijing at CCTV’s English channel in 2003. She also spent a year in Shandong province on a sino-Australian logistics joint venture.  Lei started out in finance and worked for five years with Cadbury Schweppes and ExxonMobil in Melbourne. She is a Certified Practising Accountant.


Ms Cheng is also an accredited translator between Chinese and English. Lei was born in China but became an Australian citizen. She was named the Australian Global Alumni Ambassador in 2016.

Lu Jianzhong

Chairman Silk Road Chamber of International Commerce; Board Chairman Tang West Market Group

Mr. Lu Jianzhong is Board Chairman of the Tang West Market Group and Vice President of the China Chamber of International Commerce.


Mr. Lu also holds a number of civil service positions in China — the Deputy to the 13th National People’s Congress, a member of the 10th, 11th, and 12th Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC), a member of the Economic Committee of CPPCC, the Deputy of 13th, 14th, and 15th People’s Congress of Xi’an City, Deputy Director of China Foundation of International Studies, Vice Chairman of China Industry-University-Research Institute Collaboration Association, Vice Chairman of China Committee of the Silk Road Business Council, Chairman of the Culture Committee of the China Chamber of International Commerce, President of the National Private Museums Organization, Vice President of the China Cultural Chamber of Commerce for the Private Sector, Executive Committee Member of the All-China Federation of Industry & Commerce, Consultant of the Association of Chinese Intangible Cultural Heritage Protection, Vice Chairman of Shaanxi Federation of Industry & Commerce, Vice Chairman of Shaanxi Chinese Culture Promotion Society, Chairman of Shaanxi Association of Private Museums, and Chairman of the Council of Xi’an Tang West Market Museum.


Mr. Lu has received numerous awards, including Yearly Outstanding Individual of China Cultural Heritage Protection, Chinese Culture Leading Figure, Leading Figure of the Year, Top Ten Leading Figures of China Private Enterprises, Chinese Gentleman of Time Figure Magazine, Top Influential Figure of Cultural Sector in Shaanxi, and twice Top 10 Leading Figure of Shaanxi Culture Industry.


Mr. Lu is entitled to Special Government Allowances of the State Council of China as a National Expert and obtained a Master’s Degree in Project Management at Northwestern Polytechnic University in China.

Liz Larson

Pacific Financial Inclusion Program (UNCDF)

Liz Larson is the Results Measurement Advisor for the United Nation’s Capital Development Fund’s (UNCDF) Pacific Financial Inclusion Programme (PFIP) and has over 18 years of experience in economic development and financial inclusion. Since March 2014, she has been responsible for impact and results measurement, developing and implementing at all levels of the program’s strategy and operations. She manages both the research and gender portfolios as well, spearheading country and project level research to understand the solutions to fostering inclusive economies.


Liz began her career working on the economic development and business consulting work of Mercy Corps in the US, Indonesia and Nepal. She then joined Oxfam America (OA) managing the livelihoods portfolio in East Asia, with a focus on community finance and agriculture. Liz then joined MIX as Asia Regional Manager starting up the MIX office in Hyderabad, India, responsible for all regional activities and a team of analysts.


Liz has a master’s degree in International Studies from the University of Oregon, and a bachelor’s degree in Environmental Studies from The Evergreen State College. She has also studied documentary photography with the Salt Center and has been an instructor on a study abroad program focused on Himalayan Ecosystems with the Wildland Studies program

Patrick Cooke

Regional Editor for Asia and the Pacific, Oxford Business Group

Patrick oversees all research and editorial output from fast-growing emerging and frontier markets across Asia-Pacific. Based in Manila and a regular visitor to other regional capitals, he heads a research team providing multiplatform business intelligence and analysis across key growth sectors. A graduate in Political Studies from University of Leeds, Patrick started his career as a newsroom journalist, winning a national award for his feature writing before moving into economic research. As a roaming analyst who lived and worked across four continents in three years, Patrick has conducted insightful interviews with an impressive array of government ministers, central bankers and top executives on the pertinent issues shaping their markets. His personal research interests include inclusive growth, the rise of China, the future of work and the adaptation of emerging Asia to the fourth industrial revolution. He contributes regular editorial columns to a number of regional newspapers and appears on TV as both guest and presenter, sharing his views on the opportunities and challenges facing the region in an era of great disruption.


One liner on why Patrick is attending the APBF: “I am excited about a forum that brings together regional innovators offering sustainable solutions that can have an profound impact at the grassroots of society

David Davies

Founder, Escavox & Former Senior Investment Banker (Goldman Sachs, Lehman, Nomura & SCB).

David has been the Founder and CEO of several successful FinTech, SaaS, and mobile startups. He previously spent over a decade in senior roles at global investment banks (Goldman Sachs, Lehman, Nomura & SCB). David’s presented keynote speeches at Global Forum on Innovations in Agriculture 2018 (where AgUnity was also awarded ‘Best Innovation by a Startup’) and has also presented on multiple occasions including Asian Development Bank FinTech Conference Manila and Said Business School (Oxford University) and will be speaking at KNOW Conference in 2019. David has also been named ‘Agriprineneur of the Year 2018’ by Future Agro Challenge in Turkey. David has a deep understanding of cryptography and distributed crypto-ledger (DLT) technology along with the impact of trust, digital identity and financial inclusion in changing the lives of developing world communities.


One-liner on why David is coming to coming to speak at APBF


“APBF provide the platform for us to reach out to the community in Papua New Guinea as well as businesses and partners who can leverage our platform to together help lift smallholder farmers out of poverty”

Lawal Mohammed Marafa

Professor and Director

Dr. Lawal Marafa is a professor at the Department of Geography and Resource Management, Chinese University of Hong Kong for over 20 years. He also serves as the Director, Postgraduate programme in Sustainable Tourism. Dr. Marafa is a Senior Fellow of the World Leisure Academy and member of the Board of Directors of the World Leisure Organization. Dr. Marafa teaches courses that include: Tourism Policy and Development, Recreation Planning and Management; Ecotourism Policy; Ecotourism Practicum and Management; Globalization; Sustainable Development, Natural Resource Management, etc. In recognition of commitment to excellent knowledge delivery, Dr. Marafa was awarded the “Exemplary Teacher Award” for outstanding teaching performance and received the Royal Belum Inaugural Ecotourism Award, Perak, Malaysia, and served as Facilitator at the (Bill) Clinton Global Initiative in Hong Kong, 2008.


Dr. Marafa has organized and chaired annual conferences on Sustainable Tourism at the Chinese University of Hong Kong since 2012. Dr. Marafa has supervised many Ph.D. and Master students and has published over 130 manuscripts in academic and various media. Dr. Marafa’s regional interest is in Africa, Asia, and Eastern European countries and is fluent in Russian Language and speaks basic French and conversational Cantonese.


One Liner:
In attending this year’s APBF on invitation, I look forward to learning and sharing knowledge on “Global Goals, Local Opportunities” as related to sustainable tourism and SMEs.

Barbara Meynert

Senior Advisor of the Fung Group

Business leader and entrepreneur, Barbara Meynert has executive expertise across a broad range of sectors. She has enjoyed an international career in merchant banking, commercial and regulatory institutions, as well as board directorships in the corporate and non-profit sectors in Asia and Europe. She has served such global organizations as the World Economic Forum and the International Chamber of Commerce.


She is a member of the Advisory Board of the Asia Global Institute, a director of the Thailand-Hong Kong Business Council, Chair of the UN ESCAP Task Force on Digital Economy, and Adjunct Professor at the University of Hong Kong.


Barbara Meynert is Senior Advisor to the Fung Group and has been a long-time director and advisor to the Li and Fung Group and a number of their subsidiary companies. She played a crucial role as a director and advisor in the establishment of both the Hong Kong Airport Authority and the Hong Kong Securities and Futures Commission. Before that, she served in executive roles in the international merchant banking industry. She was Managing Director of Barclays Investment Bank BZW in Hong Kong and Asia following her position as Chief Executive of Kredietbank Luxembourg’s Asia-Pacific operations.


Barbara Meynert holds an MSc from the London School of Economics and a BA from the University of Hong Kong. She is based in Hong Kong and Bangkok and takes an active interest in Asean affairs, global issues, health and ageing, and digital technologies.

Asif Ibrahim

Vice Chairman, Newage Group of Industries & Chair ESBN Task Force on Disaster and Climate Risk Reduction

Mr. Asif Ibrahim is the former President of the Dhaka Chamber of Commerce and Industry (DCCI), the largest trade body of Bangladesh. He is currently the:

•Chairman of Business Initiative Leading Development (BUILD),

•Public Private Dialogue platform to expedite policy reforms to enable private sector led economic growth of Bangladesh.

•Mr Ibrahim is currently on the board of the Federation of Bangladesh Chamber of Commerce and Industry (FBCCI).

•Vice Chairman of Newage Group of Industries, a business house involved mainly in manufacturing and exporting ready-made garments, textiles and plastic products.

•Chairman of the research cell of Bangladesh Garments Manufacturers and Exporters Association (BGMEA).


He received his formal education from the University of Delhi (India) and the University of North Texas (USA). He has previously been on the board of the France Bangladesh Chamber of Commerce and Industry (CCIFB) and the Bangladesh Thai Chamber of Commerce and Industry (BTCCI). He is also the former  Mr. Ibrahim was awarded the Commercially Important Person (CIP) status by the Ministry of Commerce of Bangladesh in the year 2007 for his contribution in national export.


Asif received his formal education at the University of Delhi (India) and the University of North Texas (USA).

Alexander Welzl

Pacific Plastic Marine Litter Project, Austrian High Level Expert Group on Plastic Marine Litter

As lecturer at the University of Applied Sciences Technikum Wien (UASTW, Austria/Europe) Alexander G. WELZL started the first lecture on the National Innovation System of P.R. China (and management of innovation in Chinese corporations) at an Austrian university in the winter term 2018/19. He is also Senior Fellow with EUPRO Bureau for European Projects (since 2016), a Vienna based private research institute. In March and April 2019 Alexander stays as a visiting fellow at Zhejiang University in Hangzhou.


In previous positions Alexander was senior researcher with Economica (2008 – 2016), a Vienna based macroeconomic think tank, policy officer as well as human resources and performance management expert with Austrian Federal Ministry of Finance’s Directorate General I (2007 – 2008), European Coordinator and Chairman of the Commission on Intellectual Capital (CIC) of the European Federation of Financial Analysts Societies (EFFAS, Frankfurt am Main, Germany/Europe, 2006 – 2013), Senior consultant with Munich (Germany) based professional service firm ESPRIT Consulting (2003 – 2007) and head of staff unit‚ Spin-off and Venture Management of the CEO of Austrian Institute of Technology (AIT, 1998 – 2003).


Alexander is a frequently invited speaker contributing to conferences, expert workshops and seminars amongst others at and with OECD, World Bank, Academy of Macroeconomic Research (AMR) of National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC) of P.R. China, Chinese Academy of Social Sciences (CASS, Beijing), US National Academy of Sciences (Washington DC/USA), Harvard University (Boston/USA), University of Oxford (Oxford/UK), European University Institute (Florence/Italy), Waseda University (Tokyo/Japan), University of Heidelberg (Heidelberg/Germany), Deutsche Bank AG/Deutsche Bank Research (Berlin, Germany), Swiss Financial Analysts Association (SFAA, Switzerland) and Austrian Institute of Economic Research (Vienna, Austria).